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The Sunday Q&A #48 : Language, Chitta and Body, Naad and Experience, Time and a Seeker

The Sunday Q&A #48 : Language, Chitta and Body, Naad and Experience, Time and a Seeker

July 5, 2020

Why is language a limitation on the spiritual path? How is the relation of a causal body formed with the physical body? How does it descend in the world and the body? How does the Naad create an experience? Which came first - Vibrations or the Mind? Do we have infinite time to learn? Why time is so important for a seeker? Let us engage our minds in these topics today.

The Sunday Q&A #47 : Laws of rebirth, Language and creation, Effort and lower mind

The Sunday Q&A #47 : Laws of rebirth, Language and creation, Effort and lower mind

June 28, 2020

What conditions govern the birth of the illusory individual? What can happen if there is no language? How to use the lower mind to achieve a spiritual goal? Is effort worth it? What keeps us trapped in effort? Let's find out.

Mandukya Karika : Part - 13 : Liberation, Nondoing, Bliss

Mandukya Karika : Part - 13 : Liberation, Nondoing, Bliss

June 25, 2020

Gaudapada describes how the recognition that the activity of mind is illusory can lead to dissolution of mind and oneness with Brahman. The bliss and samadhi are the final states, nothing remains to be done now.

Reading and discussion on the English translation of the Mandukya Karika by Gaudapada, which is a commentary on the Mandukya Upanishad.

Mandukya Karika : Part - 12 : Unborn, Incomprehensibility, Mind

Mandukya Karika : Part - 12 : Unborn, Incomprehensibility, Mind

June 23, 2020

What is born and what is unborn? Can something be born out of unborn? Atman is incomprehensible (as an object), does that make it unreal? What is mind, and what is it actually doing? Why do we need it?

Reading and discussion on the English translation of the Mandukya Karika by Gaudapada, which is a commentary on the Mandukya Upanishad.

The Sunday Q&A #46 : Material comforts, Training the attention, Fear of letting go, Dependency on a master

The Sunday Q&A #46 : Material comforts, Training the attention, Fear of letting go, Dependency on a master

June 21, 2020

How to let go of my attachment to material comforts of life? How to train the attention, and why is it so important? Why is mind scared of oneness? What paths absolutely require a master and which ones are less dependent on a master? Let us discuss these matters today.

Mandukya Karika : Part - 11 : Pots, Spaces, Suffering and Reincarnation

Mandukya Karika : Part - 11 : Pots, Spaces, Suffering and Reincarnation

June 19, 2020

Chapter 3 undertakes the task of establishing non-duality by reason alone. Atman is like Ether, empty space. Is it multiple? Does it become many in the form of many individuals? Does Atman suffer or becomes happy? Will it die and reincarnate? Gaudapada clears up such questions and many beliefs.

Reading and discussion on the English translation of the Mandukya Karika by Gaudapada, which is a commentary on the Mandukya Upanishad.

Mandukya Karika : Part - 10 : Maturing of realisation

Mandukya Karika : Part - 10 : Maturing of realisation

June 15, 2020

What is the behaviour of a Knower of Supreme Reality? Is there any code of conduct? Are there any guidelines? How does the mind change after the knowledge arrives? Reading and discussion on the English translation of the Mandukya Karika by Gaudapada, which is a commentary on the Mandukya Upanishad.

Mandukya Karika : Part - 9 : Duality in Nonduality

Mandukya Karika : Part - 9 : Duality in Nonduality

June 12, 2020

All other streams of philosophies can be merged in one as subsets or partial views of reality. The nondual is not separate from dual. It is just that, that which is dual is merely an appearance. Nondual is the substratum on which all duality appears in various illusory forms. Reading and discussion on the English translation of the Mandukya Karika by Gaudapada, which is a commentary on the Mandukya Upanishad.

The Sunday Q&A #45 : Illusory individual, Purpose of births, Enlightenment

The Sunday Q&A #45 : Illusory individual, Purpose of births, Enlightenment

June 8, 2020

How to see that the individual is a part of the universal mind? Why was I born? Is the purpose assigned to my life a fake purpose? When can I get enlightened? Lets discuss these matters.

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Empowerment

Empowerment

June 7, 2020

Why does this world appear imperfect and why do we feel a need to improve it? Is there such a need? Who can fix it? Who is empowered to make a change here? What is the nature of such empowerment? Let us try to peel this very complex onion of Maya and the appearance of empowerment.

 

The Sunday Q&A #44 : Brahman, Maya, Selfishness, Books

The Sunday Q&A #44 : Brahman, Maya, Selfishness, Books

May 31, 2020

What is Brahman really, is it possible to know it? How is Maya caused? Can the mind become completely unselfish? Why books do not give us knowledge? Let us find out via a direct seeing.

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Live : Mandukya Karika : Part -8 : Imagination and Refutation

Live : Mandukya Karika : Part -8 : Imagination and Refutation

May 29, 2020

Gaudapada gives us the reason behind accumulation of ignorance and then declares all other philosophies as merely imaginations, delusions born out of the ignorance of the true nature of reality. Reading and discussion on the English translation of the Mandukya Karika by Gaudapada, which is a commentary on the Mandukya Upanishad.

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Pure Experiences Online Satsang #2  : Life after enlightenment, Jeev, Doer

Pure Experiences Online Satsang #2 : Life after enlightenment, Jeev, Doer

May 28, 2020

What should be my life like after the seeking ends? What else remains apart from staying aware all the time? What is a Jeev, what is its life-cycle? Is it possible to drop the doer completely?

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Live : Mandukya Karika : Part - 7 : Illusion of objective reality

Live : Mandukya Karika : Part - 7 : Illusion of objective reality

May 26, 2020

Gaudapada presents his arguments about the unreality of objective experiences. He affirms that there are only subjective experiences. Reading and discussion on the English translation of the Mandukya Karika by Gaudapada, which is a commentary on the Mandukya Upanishad.

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The Sunday Q&A #43 : Practice or no practice, Words, Surrender, Direct path

The Sunday Q&A #43 : Practice or no practice, Words, Surrender, Direct path

May 24, 2020

What practices help on the path of knowledge? Does Advaita recommend any practices? How to interpret the words or books? What is surrender, and why is it totally necessary for progress on any kind of path? Let us find out what works and what does not.

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Live : Mandukya Karika : Part - 6 : Illusion of the Waking state

Live : Mandukya Karika : Part - 6 : Illusion of the Waking state

May 23, 2020

Gaudapada starts dismantling the belief that the waking state is real and dream state is unreal. Reading and discussion on the English translation of the Mandukya Karika by Gaudapada, which is a commentary on the Mandukya Upanishad.

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Pure Experiences Online Satsang #1 : Self, Knowability, Oneness, Sahaj Samadhi, Connections

Pure Experiences Online Satsang #1 : Self, Knowability, Oneness, Sahaj Samadhi, Connections

May 21, 2020

Is the Self illusory? Is the Brahman or Oneness knowable in any way? What is Sahaj Samadhi? How is the inter-connectivity in the universal mind set up? Let us explore.

This is a recording of the first YouTube Satsang conducted live on YouTube.

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Live : Mandukya Karika : Part - 5 : Persistence of Illusion, Practices around Aum

Live : Mandukya Karika : Part - 5 : Persistence of Illusion, Practices around Aum

May 20, 2020

Why won't the illusions of worlds and bodies go away after awakening? Gaudapada also explains the meaning of the three letters in the AUM and the meaning of the silence after Aum. Reading and discussion on the English translation of the Mandukya Karika by Gaudapada, which is a commentary on the Mandukya Upanishad.

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Live : Mandukya Karika : Part - 4 : Realizing the Turiya

Live : Mandukya Karika : Part - 4 : Realizing the Turiya

May 19, 2020

We see here some secrets of Turiya revealed, and pointers on how to realise the Truth of Turiya. Reading and discussion on the English translation of the Mandukya Karika by Gaudapada, which is a commentary on the Mandukya Upanishad.

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Live : Mandukya Karika : Part - 3 : Turiya

Live : Mandukya Karika : Part - 3 : Turiya

May 18, 2020

Mandukya Upanishad's verse VII introduces Turiya and Gaudapada explains it. Shankar clarifies it and answers some objections. Reading and discussion on the English translation of the Mandukya Karika by Gaudapada, which is a commentary on the Mandukya Upanishad.

Note that some part of this talk was removed because of noisy mic and some parts still have some noise, but are audible.